Littlehampton Bonfire Night

With hot embers in the air a bonfire society member struggles against windy conditions and the heat from a large bonfire whilst he carries flaming torches at the Littlehampton Traditional Bonfire Night in West Sussex, England. Photo © Scott Ramsey / Nothhelm.com

Thousands of people lined the streets in Littlehampton, West Sussex to watch this year's Littlehampton Traditional Bonfire Night. Organised by the Littlehampton Bonfire Society (LBS), the celebrations were held on Saturday 28th Oct 2017 and marked the 65th anniversary of one of Sussex's best Bonfire Celebrations.

Members of the Littlehampton Bonfire Society lead the Grand Torchlight Procession through the town. The event is watched by thousands of people who travel from all over Sussex to attend. Photo © Scott Ramsey / Nothhelm.com

Members of the Littlehampton Bonfire Society lead the Grand Torchlight Procession through the town. The event is watched by thousands of people who travel from all over Sussex to attend. Photo © Scott Ramsey / Nothhelm.com

Each year Bonfire societies across the county of Sussex, England gather together in celebration of the 412th Anniversary of the overthrow of the attempt by Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators to blow up the King and Parliament. Uniquely different from commercially organised Firework Displays, Sussex Bonfire Society burn nights are organised by volunteers and nearly always raise money for charity - the LBS has raised thousands of pounds over the years, their motto is ‘We Burn To Do Good’. 

The night starts off with the Grand Torchlight Procession through the town, during which the LBS are joined by visiting local Bonfire Societies. Each society wears their own individual handmade costumes, each very different so they can be recognised in the dark. One Bonfire Society member dressed in a beautiful North American Indian costume explained 'It's taken me years to make, I just keep adding to it'. The procession is joined by carnival floats and makes it's way through the town culminating in the lighting of a large bonfire, built by volunteers over the course of several days beforehand, and the setting off of a huge firework display over the beach.

This year's celebrations were a great success, The Littlehampton Bonfire Society smashed their collection record and raised over £10,000 for local charities. 

 

Nothhelm Picture Story - The 65th Littlehampton Traditional Bonfire Night

 

Nothhelm Live
During the evening we broadcast live on our Nothhelm Facebook page. We interviewed Scott, a member of the Littlehampton Bonfire Society, about the celebrations and in our second video we allowed viewers to experience the Grand Torchlight Procession for themselves. 


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